Wind­surfers set sail for na­tional hon­ours

Central Leader - - Sport -

The an­nual RSX na­tional wind­surf­ing cham­pi­onships saw Bei­jing Olympic rep­re­sen­ta­tives Tom Ash­ley and Bar­bara Ken­dall dom­i­nate at Taka­puna Beach over the week­end.

Ash­ley won four of his nine races, while Ken­dall scored five vic­to­ries from eight.

The field had an in­ter­na­tional feel to it with com­peti­tors from France, Ger­many, Italy and the Nether­lands.

But the ac­tion has only just be­gun for wind­surf­ing fans in the Auck­land re­gion, with the RSX world cham­pi­onships for men and women start­ing in Taka­puna on Jan­uary 13.

Fi­nal po­si­tions for the Olympics are also up for grabs at next month’s event.

Pho­tos: BEN CAMP­BELL

In a bunch: Josh Nixon from Ko­hi­marama on NZL37 is among the lead­ers at the start of the RSX wind­surf­ing na­tional cham­pi­onships at Taka­puna Beach.

Bal­ance: Ep­som’s Sefton Powrie.

Catch me if you can: Richard El­lis of Ep­som leads Sam Lich­wark of Mairan­giangi Bay.

Blown away: Lucy Driver of Thames picks up her sail dur­ing rac­ing.

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